The Arm of the Starfish

The Arm of the Starfish

by Madeleine L'Engle

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When Adam Eddington, a gifted marine biology student, makes the acquaintance of blond and beautiful Kali Cutter at Kennedy International Airport on  his way to Portugal to spend the summer working for the renowned scientist Dr. O’Keefe, he has no idea that this seemingly chance meeting will set into  motion a chain of events he will be unable to stop. Caught between Kali’s seductive wiles and the trusting adoration of Dr. O’Keefe’s daughter, Poly, Adam finds himself enmeshed in a deadly power struggle between two groups of people, only one of which can have right on its side. As the danger escalates, Adam must make a decision that could affect the entire world—which side is he on?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606002905
Publisher: Demco Media
Publication date: 08/01/1989
Series: O'Keefe Family Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L’Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts.  Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L’Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.


Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L’Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.


Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L’Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Date of Birth:

January 12, 1918

Date of Death:

September 6, 2007

Place of Birth:

New York, NY

Place of Death:

Litchfield, CT


Smith College, 1941

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The Arm of the Starfish 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It will keep you glued to the book. You'll be turning pages faster than you would ever have expected. I recommend this book for ages 12 (my age) and up or grades 6th (my grade) and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book captures readers through excitement and adventure along woth a great romance side of it. The Arm on the Starfish is a great book for readers of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had a unique and intricate plot. I didn't know what would happen next. This book has the power to make you laugh, and smile, and cry. I couldn't put it down. The books that go with it are great, and fans of Madeleine L'Engle shouldn't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it could be better,but it was still a good book. Although the plot was a little too easy to see through there were still plenty of surprises. this book is recommended for anyone who enjoys heartwarming novels with a touch of action
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A by-far awesome book! It is exciting and you never see things coming! I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story moves along quickly but at first I found it a bit confussing. Once again the good vs. evil story line is center stage but also gives us a twist when one "good" caracter must help the evil henchmen. Once again it shows that good trumps evil especially in Ms. L'Engle's novels. I expecially enjoy the references to belief in God and the authors explaination that religion does not fit any one definition. We each have our take on the subject.
andersonden on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It centers on a young man who goes to become a research assistant in a small lab studying regeneration of limbs in starfish. The lab is run by Dr. O'Keefe (the same Calvin O'Keefe in the "Time" trilogy - now married to Meg) on a small island off the coast of Portugal. Adam is caught in a moral dilemma concerning the research being conducted there and who has the right (or obligation) to use it - or release it. L'Engle skillfully handles his inner tension and conflict. The family and relationships are well drawn. An enjoyable read.
davegregg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! For the first almost-quarter of the book, I thought the story was hackneyed and unimaginative, but as I discovered later, the way-too-coincidental "accidents" that occur early on weren't at all coincidental, and the seemingly-improbable were provided truly plausible and satisfying explanations that managed to resolve conclusively all my uncertainties about the ability of the author. The story progressed with rapidity through a number of unexpected turns. It was pleasingly full of intrigue, action, and questions about morality and common love. It's a good book, worth reading. If you find a copy, read it.
livlovlaf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book, just didn't end up the way i though it would. But it still had a good ennding. Very exciting and intresting. Adam-a marine biology student spending his summer working for a renowned scientist Dr.O'Keefe-has to choose which side to be on: Cutter's or O'Keefe's. Caught between Kali Cutter-the bueatiful young blond's-seductive wiles and the trusting adoraion of Dr. O'Keefe's daughter, Poly, Adam has to choose.
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This was quite the thriller.In the ebginning, it seemed a bit dazed. But, as you get more into the book, you see yourself so, indulged that may not ever come out of the fantasied book.To seem it had finished, before you've known it had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds super good does it have any thing to do with meg from a wrinkle in time????????
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's the classic good vs. evil storyline with a twist. The decision Adam has to make represents the conflict in the whole book and the same decision that everybody has to make sooner or later. Sad at the end, but it helps to show the love that the characters feel for each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Course it does!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How bout makin it a foursome?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do anythin u want to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story with a marine biology theme that is educational. It's a little out of date, but the author is very good, and the main theme is still relevant. Recommended reading for young adults.